Medicines for indigestion can be affected by

medicines for indigestion can be affected by

Medicines for indigestion

There are three types of medicines used for indigestion (also known as reflux, heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux).

Antacids eg Mylanta, Gaviscon and Rennie contain ingredients such as calcium carbonate, aluminium and magnesium hydroxide.

H2 antagonists eg Zantac and Tazac contain ingredients such as ranitidine and nizatidine.

Proton Pump Inhibitors eg Nexium, Somac and Losec contain ingredients such as esomeprazole, pantoprazole and omeprazole.

These medicines work in different ways but neutralise stomach acid to prevent damage and the uncomfortable burning feeling.

 

St John’s Wort and indigestion medicines

Taking St John’s Wort while taking H2 antagonists or PP Inhibitors can make you more likely to burn in the sun so be extra sun safe if taking these medicine combinations.

 

Feverfew and indigestion

Feverfew is used to prevent migraines.  It can thin the blood so it may also increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.  Taking Feverfew if you take indigestion medicines is not a good idea.

 

Cranberry juice and indigestion medicines

Drinking cranberry juice if you take H2 antagonists or PP Inhibitors is a good idea!  These medicines make it difficult to absorb B vitamins (amongst many others) however adding in cranberry juice improves B Vitamin absorption!

 

Alcohol and indigestion

Alcohol isn’t so much a problem with indigestion medicines but alcohol itself causes irritation to the stomach lining.  If you have symptoms of indigestion or have a stomach ulcer you should not drink alcohol!

 

Tea, coffee and indigestion

The stomach contents can be regurgitated more easily when tea and coffee is consumed and so indigestion symptoms are worse.

 

Fatty and sugary foods and indigestion

The good bacteria in our stomachs is reduced by these foods and enzymes needed for digestion are also reduced.  This basically makes it very difficult for us to absorb any nutrients!

The effect of nutrition on mental health

nutrient deficiencies and mental health

Nutrition and mental health

 

As I have discussed previously nutrition is an important part of our health.  Inadequate nutrition can lead to medical conditions and medications taken to treat medical conditions can themselves cause nutrient deficiencies.

Prescribed medications should never be stopped in favour of “natural” medicines.  There is certainly a place however for nutritional supplements to be used in addition to prescribed medicines for the best possible treatment.

Many people do not obtain enough nutrients from their food either because the food has been grown in such a way that nutrient content is low or because they are eating too many highly processed foods.

Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are known to be, at least in part, caused by inflammation in the brain.  This inflammation starts in our gut.  Thus poor gut health can contribute to mental health conditions.

 

Nutrients that are important for good mental health

  • Probiotics are very beneficial for gut health. Gut health is important for our overall general health.  Probiotic use has resulted in a decrease in the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Magnesium is a mineral that many people are lacking in. A 2017 study showed that symptoms of depression and anxiety were significantly improved when magnesium was taken daily.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, from fish, fish oil, nuts and seeds, are also important in mood disorders.
  • Zinc, Vitamin D3 and B Complex (a supplement containing all the B vitamins) have also been shown to improve symptoms in anxiety and depression and even in Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Once again it is very important that we consume adequate amounts of key nutrients to ensure we have the best health possible!  If this is not fully possible through our food then it should be achieved with good quality supplements.